New UAE Law Bans Petting Wild Animals Like Cheetah, Tigers, Lions

UAE Law Bans Petting Cheetah, Tigers, Lions: If you are residing in the UAE, then you now need to be aware of this latest rule introduced on petting the wild animals. It has been a habit of petting wild animals as an act of displaying the status in the oil-rich country. This latest UAE Law prohibiting its citizens from petting the exotic animals will have to face a fine up to $136,000 (500,000 Dirham) or may face a jail term.

New UAE Law Bans Petting Wild Animals Like Cheetah, Tigers, Lions:

New UAE Law Bans Petting Wild Animals Like Cheetah, Tigers, Lions
New UAE Law Bans Petting Wild Animals Like Cheetah, Tigers, Lions

After years of pressure from the Animal Welfare Groups, the gulf country has finally passed a law banning the petting of exotic animals. Added to this, the nation has also banned trading of wild and dangerous animals. It is said that after the UAE Law, the authorities will be taking strict actions against anyone in the country seen in public with such pets.

According to the copy available on the latest UAE Law on banning wild animals as pets, anyone found unfollowing the law could face up to six months in jail with their animals being confiscated. Added to this, those people who will be seen using animals to terrorize people in the nation could be jailed or fined up to $200,000 (700,000 Dirhams).

Manager of Abu Dhabi Wildlife Center, Ronel Barcellos said, “The UAE has come a long way. I am happy to see that the law has been passed, but steps need to be taken to ensure that it is implemented properly”. The owners of such wild pets are often seen taking their animals to the public beaches in the UAE while the others showcase their status by posting the pics on social media.

Reports say that the latest UAE Law will come into effect immediately and everyone in the country who owns such pets are required to hand them over to the authorities at the earliest. And, this law in the West Asian nation states that only zoos, wildlife parks, circuses, breeding and research centers can keep exotic animals.